Honda recalls 19,197 Acura MDX SUVs to inspect, repair propeller shaft

Honda says up to four bolts that attach a propeller shaft to a universal joint on the 2014 Acura MDX may not have been tightened properly and over time could loosen and fall out, causing the shaft to detach.
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DETROIT (Reuters) -- Honda Motor Co. is recalling 19,197 units of the 2014 Acura MDX luxury SUV in the United States due to potential problems with propeller shafts, the company and U.S. government regulators said Friday.

Honda said up to four bolts that attach a propeller shaft to a universal joint may not have been tightened properly and over time could loosen and fall out, causing the shaft to detach. This could damage the vehicle and cause a crash.

Honda said it had received no consumer complaints on the issue and no reports of crashes or injuries related to it.

The company will begin notifying consumers of the recall in mid-December.

Dealers will inspect the vehicles and make necessary repairs, Honda said.

The Acura MDX has received mostly positive reviews from third-party publications and is one of the finalists for the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. That award will be presented at the Detroit auto show in January.

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